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We have much to celebrate over the past term. In the sporting fields, our netball team won every game and overall our sports teams were up with the best. Many students have made fantastic progress in their reading and writing and our new classrooms are due to be opened. The crown on all this was the school production, performances by the children and work by the production team was just outstanding.
This is my last newsletter of the year as I leave on September 20th to begin my Travelling Fellowship. I wish you and your families all the best for the rest of the year. Mrs Kandasamy will be Acting Principal in my absence.
Healthy lunches and snacks are important for active children. It is important to offer healthy lunch box choices. Tips include fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables and a combination of protein, dairy and carbohydrate foods.
Eating healthy food helps children concentrate and learn. However, healthy eating changes are not always easy to make. Try to set a good example with your own lunches. Encourage children to help choose and prepare their own lunch. They might like to make a list of the foods they enjoy. Praise your child when they choose healthy foods for their lunch box.
A complaint we hear often is that a child is not eating their lunch. I used to be onto my youngest child about the food she had left in her lunchbox until one day she said, ‘Well I do have a small stomach so don’t want to eat much’. Luckily for her she was very slight as she takes after her mother and she was right we were putting too much in.
Find out why they’re not eating their lunch
Many school children bring their lunch home with them at the end of the day, which can be frustrating. There may be a variety of reasons why your child does not eat all the food in their lunch box. The following suggestions may be helpful:
- The lunch box style – your child may have an issue with their lunch container. They might prefer a brown paper bag or want the latest fashion in lunch boxes to be like the other kids. It may be difficult for them to open.
- Boredom – try to pack a different lunch every day. For younger children, cut the sandwiches in different ways to add interest: for example triangles, squares or strips. You could even use one slice of white and one slice of brown to make a ‘zebra’ sandwich.
- Too dry – if they say the filling is too dry, try leaving a sandwich uncut. Some fillings like dips or peanut butter may stay fresher this way. If your child’s appetite seems small, offer smaller servings. For example, half a sandwich might be more appropriate than a whole one.
- Fiddly and sticky – make sure the foods are manageable and easy to eat. Some children are put off by fiddly packaging or don’t like getting sticky hands. Fruit can be made easier to eat. For example, remove orange peel or cut a kiwifruit in half and include a spoon in the lunch box.
- Make other meals count – if your child hardly eats anything from their lunch box despite your best efforts, try to at least ensure they have a nutritious breakfast and dinner. Trust that your child will eat when hungry.
In Term 4 it is compulsory for all students to wear sunhats if playing outside. We are also working hard to ensure we have more shade areas for children to play and rest. Sunhats either the cap or bucket hat are available to purchase through the school office.
Walking School Bus
Now that we are fast approaching better weather it may be a good time to think about joining a walking school bus. Please see the routes below it is great for the children to be walking and saves the planet as we use our cars less.
Congratulations to Mrs Claire Stretch who is due to have her first child in March next year and Mrs Antonia Burton who is due to have her second child in March next year.
There has been a lot of news coverage about the measles outbreak, particularly in Auckland. As a school, we are guided by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service as to what action is to be taken with suspected and confirmed cases of measles. If we do have a student with measles as identified by a doctor, The Ministry of Health will let us know, and instruct us on informing the community including the infectious period and quarantine dates. The Ministry of Health can also instruct the school to exclude non immunised students from school until the end of the quarantine period, otherwise, until we have a confirmed case, students cannot be excluded from school just because they are not vaccinated. If you have any concerns, please contact the school office or your local doctor.
Board of Trustees News
We are delighted to finally get approval to build the shade structure in the middle school play area. This will be a great asset for outside assemblies, community gatherings, protection from the sun and an outside space in wet weather. We anticipate it will be ready in March 2020 as needs Auckland City Council consent. The structure will include lights and a sound system.
START DATE TERM 4 – 14th October 2019
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